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PUSHPA CHARI
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TEXTILE Designer Priyanjolie Basu's collection of silk and cotton saris is inspired by antique weaves and motifs. PUSHPA CHARI

Myriad: Priyanjolie Basu's collection at Ashara. PHOTO: K.V. SRINIVASAN
Myriad: Priyanjolie Basu's collection at Ashara. PHOTO: K.V. SRINIVASAN

E ach hand-woven sari, according to Priyanjolie Basu, has a theme and a story to tell.

A fashion designer and stylist trained in London, Priyanjolie brings to her fascinating collection ‘Sari Sutra' a contemporary touch to traditional weaves and textures.

For the past couple of years, Priyanjolie has been travelling to weaving centres in Dhaka, West Bengal and Varanasi, coaxing the weavers “to bridge the gap between our rich textile heritage and the constant evolution of the sari.”

She adds: “The Indian weaver has always been open to new ideas. The fabrics I work with use vintage motifs in a fashionable colour palette, keeping in mind the various handloom techniques being used.”

The revival

For Priyanjolie, it all began when she took her great grandmother's Benarsi sari to Varanasi to have it ‘revived' in terms of the motifs and the weave. The end effect was light, ethereal and far from ‘heavy' normally associated with the Benarasi.

Priyanjolie's Benarasi's collection comprises cottons and silks with broad borders and embellished with golden amris. Also on display are light weight cottons in subtle shades with contrasting stripes.

Black and white saris use bands and stripes on the pallu and border for a dramatic effect. Priyanjolie has also experimented with linen saris as well as cotton with matka silk contrast borders.

‘Silk Sutra' is on view at Ashara, 18/20, Bheemanna Garden Road, Alwarpet, till October 30.


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